Notorious B.I.G.: On #biggieday, celebs and fans remember slain rapper Christopher Wallace [Video]
Notorious B.I.G., a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, a.k.a. Christopher Wallace, was killed 14 years ago -- and though his slaying remains unsolved on Wednesday fans remembered the rapper using the #biggieday hash tag on Twitter, naming favorite songs, quoting lyrics or simply noting, "RIP Big Poppa."
P. Diddy wanted to spread the word, tweeting around midnight, "Today is #BIGGIEDAY – send me all your videos, links, photos, exclusive content ... ALL things BIGGIE so I can RT to the world!!" The @iamdiddy account has more than 3 million followers -- and the video above is one of the items the performer retweeted.
Comedian Dave Chapelle took a less serious tone regarding the influential rapper, chiming in first with "It's #biggieday and if the first thing you think of is Wendy's Biggie fries, we might as well call today Fat Wednesday." His follow-up tied past and present together: "I don't know what was worse about the 90's, losing Biggie or gaining Justin Bieber."
Notorious B.I.G. was fatally shot March 9, 1997, as the car he was riding in was driven away from a music industry party at the Peterson Automotive Museum at Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Though many theories have swirled around the case over the years, to date nobody has been charged with the crime.
This January a task force of local and federal officials was reportedly again looking into leads in the slaying, CNN reported. A law enforcement source told The Times that, while leads were being pursued, the case remained wide open.
Last April, a wrongful death case filed by the rapper's family against the city of Los Angeles was dismissed without prejudice. Biggie's family had alleged that city officials covered up police involvement in the rapper's slaying; lawyers on both sides agreed to leave the civil case alone while a possible criminal case was investigated, as long as it could be refiled at a later date without worrying about any statute of limitations.
What are your memories of the Notorious B.I.G?
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Rapper Notorious B.I.G., real name Christopher Wallace, is pictured on March 8, 1997, the day before he was fatally shot. Credit: Bernardo-Prudhomme / Associated Press